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Four Thoughts on An Improbable World Cup Final Rematch

Four Thoughts on An Improbable World Cup Final Rematch

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Following the tremendous 2-0 US victory over world number one Germany Tuesday night in Montreal, thoughts on Sunday’s rematch of the 2011 World Cup Final with reigning World champion Japan, in Vancouver (5PM ET, FOX). First, there is no joy without sadness and there is nothing to celebrate without something to forget, […]

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach's Legacy Lurks In Shadows

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach’s Legacy Lurks In Shadows

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Abby Wambach has long been defined not simply by her ability to score goals at an incredible rate, but by her candor. That’s how as a youngster on the US Women’s National Team you end up getting a shirt from legend Julie Foudy that reads “HELP! I’m taking and I can’t […]

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Tweet “The main thing I think about when I think about European soccer and my time in Sweden is that’s where I refell in love with the game. That’s where I found passion again and it is that passion that led me to the national team.” — Christen Press Neil W. Blackmon Following a thrilling […]

US Women Survive Brave Trinidad and Tobago, But Questions Linger

US Women Survive Brave Trinidad and Tobago, But Questions Linger

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As has happened so many times before, Abby Wambach scored when her team needed her most, hammering home an Alex Morgan cross in the 54th minute to give the US a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish last night in chilly Kansas City.  The goal was more relief than anything, giving […]

70 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Monday Musings

70 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Monday Musings

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon A break for Final Four weekend and it ends up being a short and sad one for your author, whose Florida Gators fell to Connecticut 63-53 in the national semifinals. Still, an incredible season for my alma mater: 36 wins, a Final Four, a conference regular season and tournament championship, the […]

We Must Break You: US Women Crush Russia 7-0 in Boca Raton

We Must Break You: US Women Crush Russia 7-0 in Boca Raton

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Boca Raton, FL– On a sun-splashed South Florida Saturday afternoon on a pristine pitch, the USWNT dismantled a Russia team that bunkered from the beginning 7-0, remaining unbeaten under Tom Sermanni and in their last 41 matches. The only disappointment of the day was that only 8,857 people saw it, despite […]

Fourth Annual Yanks Are Coming Awards- Part Two - The Big Ones

Fourth Annual Yanks Are Coming Awards- Part Two – The Big Ones

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As promised, we deliver Part II of the Fourth Annual Yanks Are Coming Best (and Worst) of US Soccer Awards today. Today, we concentrate on excellence, announcing the winners of our four “big” awards that come with plaques and our award for the best young American soccer player of the year. […]

Fourth Annual Yanks Are Coming US Soccer Awards - Part One

Fourth Annual Yanks Are Coming US Soccer Awards – Part One

Tweet Happy New Year, readers!  For the last three years, we’ve concluded the year here at the TYAC home offices by handing out awards to the best (and yes, worst) of US Soccer for the calendar year that was. This year, we thought we’d bump the awards back to coincide with “Awards Season”, a fitting move given […]

Unblemished: US Women Handle Brazil in Orlando to Cap Unbeaten 2013

Unblemished: US Women Handle Brazil in Orlando to Cap Unbeaten 2013

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon ORLANDO, FL– As high as the standard of excellence is for the US Women’s National Team, undefeated years don’t come along that often. The last year the American women completed without defeat was 2006. Until Sunday. Less than two weeks after winning a vote to get a soccer-specific stadium in Orlando, […]

USWNT: After Canada, A Golden Battle For Global Supremacy in London

USWNT: After Canada, A Golden Battle For Global Supremacy in London

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Oh, Canada! We don’t need to remind you that Monday’s semifinal was an absolute classic, an all-timer of a match that transcended women’s sport and cemented a spot in U.S. Soccer and Olympic lore. We don’t need to remind you of how overwhelmingly familiar the narrative was either, this team trailing […]

For USWNT, A Golden Group Stage, but It's A Golden Finish That Counts

For USWNT, A Golden Group Stage, but It’s A Golden Finish That Counts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon For the first fifteen minutes of the group stages, the few questions that surrounded the USWNT’s quest to defend its gold medal at the London Olympics seemed legitimate ones. Before most of the sizeable (and global) press contingent that follows the USWNT had settled into their seats at Hampden Park, the […]

2011 Yanks Are Coming Best of US Soccer Award Winners: Part Three

2011 Yanks Are Coming Best of US Soccer Award Winners: Part Three

Tweet First, let us be among many, but hopefully not the last, to wish all our readers a Happy New Year. We wish you blessings, good fortune and health in 2012. We begin a comprehensive look at the Men’s U-23 Olympic Team this week, and we’re very excited about those pieces given our background as […]

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